by Laura (Pre-3’s Parent)

It’s getting hot out there! As we close out the school year, here are some parent recommended (and kid approved!) places to swim, splash, and wade this summer…


University Village “Frog and Turtle Fountain”

When you don’t have time for a trip to the pool/beach, grab some iced coffee (or a cupcake from Trophy J) and let your little ones cool off in this popular water feature adjacent to the U Village play area. Just don’t forget a change of clothes!


City of Seattle Spray Parks and Wading Pools

The city’s spray parks and wading pools opened for the season on May 27th. Click here for additional information (including locations, hours of operation, and closures).


Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion – Indoor Pool

Hailed by Parent Map as perhaps the region’s best pool for toddlers, the pool at the Mountlake Terracefeatures a large shallow-water leisure pool area with beach-like entry that’s perfect for little ones. There’s a lazy river, basketball hoops, inner tubes, geysers, flotation rings, and LOTS of balls, noodles and other pool toys. In addition to open swim times, Mountlake Terrace offers swimming lessons (including parent-tot) year round.


Lynnwood Recreation Center – Indoor Pool

Red Tricycle recently compared this “super popular” pool to Great Wolf Lodge! Features include: two big water slides, sprayers, a lazy river, inner tubes, diving boards, water playground, spray fountains, a family hot tub, and a warm-water therapy pool. Preschoolers will love the shallow water “beach swim” area (similar to Montlake Terrace’s “leisure pool”).


Meadowbrook Community Center – Indoor Pool

Although it doesn’t have the kid-friendly bells and whistles of Lynnwood and Montlake Terrace, Meadowbrook pool offers family swim times, parent-tot lessons and child/youth lessons in a convenient NE Seattle location.